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You’d be mistaken to think that the Netherlands is all windmills, tulips and canals (although there are plenty of those to enjoy!). Holland is an increasingly popular destination for international students, boasting a historic higher education system, great quality of life and affordable tuition fees.

What’s more, the Netherlands punches well above its weight in international rankings for a country of only 17 million people, with a clutch of world-class universities featuring in the three major league tables.

On this page we’ve summarised the results for Dutch universities in 2019.

Top Ranked Dutch Universities

The following table lists the best 13 universities in Holland in 2020, according to global rankings.

This information is based on the latest rankings tables, researched and published by Times Higher Education, QS and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Each ranking system uses its own methodology, with different factors having more or less influence on a university's result.

For more information on using international rankings as a postgraduate, see our guide.

Top Dutch Universities in 2020
University THE 2020 QS 2020 ARWU 2019
Wageningen University & Research 59 125 151-200
University of Amsterdam =62 64 101-150
Delft University of Technology =67 50 151-200
Leiden University =67 118 82
Erasmus University Rotterdam 69 183 68
University of Groningen 73 114 65
Utrecht University =75 =120 49
Maastricht University 127 =239 201-300
Radboud University Nijmegen =128 =217 1101-1500
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 138 =219 -
Eindhoven University of Technology =186 102 301-400
Tilburg University 201-250 =371 501-600
University of Twente 201-250 =186 401-500
Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.

How do rankings work for Masters study?

International rankings use all sorts of metrics to assess universities and they aren't all equally relevant to postgraduate study. That's why we've put together a guide to university rankings for Masters students.

So, how good are Dutch universities for Masters study?

There are seven Dutch universities in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education rankings, placing Holland on a par with nations outside the traditional academic powerhouses of the USA and the UK.

In fact, the Netherlands is the country with the fourth most institutions in the top 100 of this ranking (after America, the UK and Germany), an extremely impressive achievement for a comparatively small place.

Of course, rankings aren’t everything, but the fact that the Netherlands performs so well by these methodologies is evidence of the strength of its universities and their ability to go toe-to-toe with institutions across the world.

Domestic rankings

If you've already decided that you want to study in the Netherlands, it could be worth looking at a domestic ranking system such as the Keuzegids.

By only comparing universities from the Netherlands, these rankings offer a more consistent view of the differences between a nation's academic institutions than an international league table might do. Most significantly, the Keuzegids features postgraduate leagues for specific Masters subjects.

However, be aware that you'll probably need to brush up on your Nederlands if you opt for the Keuzegids, as it's not written in English (you'll also have to pay for access to the rankings).

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Last updated 30/09/2019

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